The Bombay high Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to furnish details of the number of mill land plots made available to it for affordable housing and rehabilitation of mill workers. A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Amjad Sayed admonished the state government and Mhada for lack of clarity about the details of mill lands. The bench said if the details were not forthcoming it would appoint an IAS officer to compile the data and make it available to the court.
Mhada was supposed to get its share of land in 58 mill properties to construct affordable houses for sale as well as build tenements for mill workers. As per information, 11 mill land plots were yet to be handed over to Mhada. Assistant government pleader GW Mattos said around 6,219 flats had been allotted to mill workers and their families.
The court was hearing a PIL by Girni Kamgar Karmachari Niwara and Kalyankari Sangh seeking directions to the government to take over mill land to enable Mhada to construct houses for workers. The PIL also challenged the allotment of tenements without proper eligibility criteria.
The court had earlier allowed Mhada to go ahead with lottery to allot houses to workers, but added it was subject to court orders.
The court has scheduled further hearing on June 29.
At the last hearing, the HC had asked Mhada to file an affidavit with details, including the lands of total number of textile mills placed in its possession, the number of tenements constructed for allotment of mill workers, the number of tenements already allotted to mill workers, and the criteria for allotment.